Mitsubishi acquires strategic stake in ELG Carbon Fibre

Japan’s Mitsubishi is to acquire a 25% stake in UK-based ELG Carbon Fibre (ECF) from ELG Carbon Fibre International, a subsidiary of ELG Haniel of Germany.

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Carbon fibres could store energy in vehicle body

Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have demonstrated that carbon fibres can be used as battery electrodes, enabling them to store energy directly.

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Porcher Industries inaugurates new manufacturing site in Zhejiang

Porcher Industries officially opened its new Chinese technical textile manufacturing site – Zhejiang Porcher Industries New Material – on 22 November.

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Drone parachute manufactured from Dyneema

Indemnis of Anchorage, Alaska, USA, has developed an innovative parachute for getting drones back on the ground safely, especially if the craft is falling in an uncontrolled spin.

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ZF redevelops external pre-crash airbag

Transmission supplier ZF has revealed an airbag-based strategy for autonomous vehicles.

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TFP to increase capacity by 50%

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has announced a planned capacity increase of 50% by 2020. The investment is said to be in response to rapidly increasing demand for TFP’s advanced nonwovens across all markets, following an earlier capacity increase in 2015.

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Consortium to develop bio-sourced composites using long bamboo fibres

A group of companies have come together to design bio-sourced technical composites for the aerospace industry based on long bamboo fibres.

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Adding graphene to jute fibres could give natural alternative to man-made materials

Scientists from the UK’s University of Manchester have combined graphene with jute to create what is claimed to be a world’s first for graphene-strengthened natural jute fibre composites.

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Aircraft seating joint venture starts operations

Adient Aerospace, the joint venture between aerospace company Boeing and automotive seating supplier Adient, has become operational after securing regulatory approvals.

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Aston Martin and TenCate announce technical partnership

TenCate Advanced Composites, part of the Toray Group and a manufacturer of advanced composite materials, and sports car maker Aston Martin have announced a technical partnership for the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar programme.

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